My credentials are in electrical engineering and just before I retired (almost three year ago) I was reading through the Intel spec's on the latest chip sets ; as I needed to understand physical data flow bottlenecks. From early childhood I was not only interested in electronics, but in electronic computers. This stuff is something I do because I really like it, not because it was my profession.

I have programmed in many languages. There are several I only wrote one program with just to explore the language. There are some examples below. Sometimes I am still amazed by the number of new languages being published. After I look them over though I laugh at the huge similarities to the ones the pre-existed them. My first experience as a student was with with Fortran and SPS on an old IBM 1620 I found “laying around”. After that I wrote a fair amount of machine code (hex) and some BAL for IBM 360. After I was working and microprocessors became available, there weren't any programmers around for them; so the electrical engineers who implemented the processors in hardware also wrote the software. A fact I was very happy about. I wrote hex code for the Motorola 6800 and later I did a little for the 68000. I also wrote a fair amount of code in Pascal on a VAX computer. Pascal was all they had on that machine and they didn't want to buy another license.

Later when PCs became available in a form similar to those commonly in use today, I wrote useful code in Smalltalk, Lisp, Java. The first two were connected to an AI project I worked on. The Java was control code for a mechanism not for web pages. In the 1980s I was sent by one of the companies I worked for to take C classes. I took all classes, but then the project was canceled; so I never had a chance to use it. Things I learned in the C classes, like the ease with which memory leaks were created, lead be to have a strong aversion for it . I never pursued C after that.

Since I abandon Windows, about F16 ago, and started using Fedora, I've been writing in Python. I've always held the opinion that code should be well organized and easy to follow. After I wrote my first thousand lines of python I went and got the style guide and found to my satisfaction that my code, with one exception was compliant. I've never taken classes in Python; so I won't present myself as being ready to start writing Python for Fedora. Though I just purchased a course from the Teaching Company that uses Python for all the code work. I haven't started it yet so I can say more about it.

My tiny contributions to Fedora so far has been running the canned regression tests on Linux. I got a FAS account so I could submit the results, but since I haven't joined a group yet that was about all I could do. As I was think further about it it seemed like testing would be a good place to start.
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